Ex-Charlton keeper Weaver linked with City switch
PUBLISHED: 11:05 07 July 2009 | UPDATED: 10:39 06 July 2010
Norwich boss Bryan Gunn was yesterday linked with a free transfer raid for experienced keeper Nicky Weaver. The 30-year-old was released last week from City's cash-strapped League One rivals Charlton as part of cost-cutting measures at The Valley.
Norwich boss Bryan Gunn was yesterday linked with a free transfer raid for experienced keeper Nicky Weaver.
The 30-year-old was released last week from City's cash-strapped League One rivals Charlton as part of cost-cutting measures at The Valley.
Gunn is reportedly tracking the imposing ex-Man City number one with an experienced stopper top of his summer shopping list ahead of the new campaign.
Highly-rated teenager Declan Rudd remains the only recognised senior keeper on the books at Carrow Road. Gunn rejected the chance to extend Stuart Nelson's short term stay following the close season departure of Cardiff-bound David Marshall.
The Canaries' chief hinted recently the Scot's permanent successor could be unveiled in the next few days with Weaver now a free agent after his Charlton release.
Weaver was an ever-present at The Valley following his switch from Man City until Alan Pardew's exit in December 2008 with the Addicks' rock bottom of the Championship.
Caretaker boss Phil Parkinson installed rookie keeper Rob Elliot who went onto firmly established himself as number one at the relegated south London club.
Former England U21 keeper Weaver was Charlton's player-of-the-season in 2008 but built his reputation during a ten year spell at Man City.
The Sheffield born stopper was a match-winning penalty hero in the 1999 League One play-off final against Gillingham after keeping a club record 23 clean sheets for City on the way to Wembley.
Weaver's blossoming career was blighted by injuries which restricted him to just 15 minutes in three seasons but the former Mansfield trainee has now clocked up more than 290 senior career appearances.
Gunn has repeatedly been linked with a season long loan move for Birmingham's back-up keeper Colin Doyle but the Irishman has made less than 50 Football League appearances since moving to St Andrews.
However, Blues boss Alex McLeish has sanctioned Doyle's temporary exit after the player's plea for regular football following the arrival of Man City's Joe Hart.
“We feel that 'Doylie' needs more first-team experience and if we can get him out on loan, that's the game plan for Colin,” said McLeish. “He came in and did a very good job for us last season in Maik's (Taylor) absence. I thought he displayed extreme professionalism to come in out of the cold and he showed what he was capable of.
“But he is still a bit raw in terms of first-team experience at the top level, which is why we've brought Joe Hart in to be the big competition there.”
t Gunn has also been linked with a surprise move for Colchester's 22-year-old defender Phil Ifil. United boss Paul Lambert has frozen Ifil out of his first team plans along with midfielder Medy Elito after questioning the duo's professionalism.
“They were both seriously lacking in fitness towards the end of last season,” he said. “I don't want players here who are just in the comfort zone. Whether they (Ifil and Elito) will go depends on whether their agents are any good. Circulars were sent out to clubs saying that they were available, but we had nothing come back. I have had no firm offers for any of my players.”
Londoner Ifil, a former England Under-20 international, made four senior appearances for Spurs before loan spells with Millwall and Southampton.
t Former City skipper Mark Fotheringham is on trial with Championship club Derby County. The 25-year-old midfielder is training with the Rams and is expected to figure in Saturday's opening pre-season friendly against Burton Albion. Fotheringham has already had a week-long trial with Spanish club Espanyol.